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Our most recommended Guanacaste Jungle Tours

La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

1. La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna on a guided hike. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Have a delicious lunch at a Maluku Indian village and trek through forest, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort with a drink. Be collected at your accommodation and be driven to the beginning of the forest walk. Trek on the easy track along the crystal clear La Fortuna river. En route, hop on a tractor cart uphill to a panoramic viewpoint. Spot the next location from a distance then begin the return walk down a jungle staircase. Halfway down is a high suspension bridge to cross. The trail leads further down the huge canyon, which was shaped by a volcanic mega-eruption. Encounter the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall. Be amazed by the lush vegetation on its 70-meter high walls, the huge volcanic rocks at its foot, and the water splashing down in its massive pool. Bask in its beauty or even take a refreshing dip. Return to the viewpoint then walk down to the little village of the Maluku Indians. Seated in their Palenke (main house), enjoy a rest while listening to an interesting story about their culture, art, and history.  After being active for a few hours, the time has come to relax and enjoy a typical hot lunch. Next to the restaurant is a butterfly garden and frog pond that you can explore until your food is served.  Reenergized, take a 15-minute ride to the park at the foot of the Arenal volcano. Being the trek through the primary forest where you can see huge trees with giant roots. Besides a variety of birds, the forest is host to monkeys, sloths, and coati. Leave the forest and each the highest viewpoint that exists around the volcano and absorb the most spectacular panoramic views of Lake Arenal, the jungle, the valley, the lava fields, and most of all the Arenal that towers over you.  Conclude your tour at the natural hot spring resort. Relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail. Afterward, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

2. Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

See first Chorreras Waterfalls, two side-by-side waterfalls that cascade into a beautiful sky-blue mineral water pool, perfect for a refreshing swim. Walk 30 minutes on forest trails to get to the falls, taking in the picturesque scenery of the dry tropical forest and sighting any wildlife along the way. Explore the shallow canyon of volcanic rock rings the waterfalls and pool, creating an intimate and private tropical oasis. At Victoria Waterfall, the falls drop 115 feet (35 meters) into the Rio Negro (Black River). The surrounding canyon has unique vegetation and topography and you can swim in the crystal clear pool at the waterfall’s base. Continue further in Rincon de la Vieja National Park where the Oropendola Waterfall plunges an impressive 82 feet (25 meters) to a sparkling turquoise pool. The beautiful lush canyon of the Rio Blanco (White River) makes a picturesque tropical oasis perfect for a refreshing swim. At Rio Negro hot springs and waterfalls, combine 3 beautiful hidden waterfalls and relaxing, volcanic hot springs, heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The tour concludes with a delicious buffet lunch.

Tamarindo: Celeste River and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

3. Tamarindo: Celeste River and Llanos de Cortez Waterfall

Embark on an adventure and discover sloths, beautiful waterfalls, and a true bluewater river. Start off with a hike through Tenorio Volcano National Park and discover the rainforest in a 2 hour easy to moderate hike.  Marvel at the Celeste River, one of the most popular rivers in Costa Rica, well known around the world by its particular natural color from light blue to turquoise.  In addition to the stunning beauty of the water, the river also has several thermal hot springs and boiling mud pots. Plumes of volcanic gases are expelled and in some places give the appearance of boiling water. Visit a 98-foot waterfall and take in the stunning atmosphere.  After your swim, a small hike leads you to the place where sloths are at a very low height in their natural environment, as well as toucans and red-eyed leaf frogs.  Enjoy a country-style Costa Rican lunch with salad, rice, beans, and options for meat, chicken, or fish. On your way to one of Costa Rica's most beautiful waterfalls, the Llanos de Cortez waterfalls with a 65-foot height and 49-foot width drop into a tranquil pond with a white sandy beach, that's perfect for swimming and sunbathing.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park: 1-Day Pass, Lunch, & Tour

4. Rincon de la Vieja National Park: 1-Day Pass, Lunch, & Tour

In the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, the area has primary forest which is preserved as a prolongation of this rich protected area. This is a tour where you can experience the best adventures in one day! There are four main activities during this adventure day: the canopy and rappelling tour through the White River canyon; the adventure of tubing on the Black River with class II rapids; a horsebackride to the nearby falls; and relax with hot springs tempered by the volcano, steam, and volcanic mud. The package also includes an exquisite lunch in the restaurant of Hacienda Guachipelín. This is an action-packed day! Your guide will provide you with instructions for all activities, ensure your safety and make sure you have a good time. Activities are exciting and the views of the river, canyon, and wildlife are second to none. Join us on this stunning day adventure experiencing all the best Costa Rica has to offer. You don’t want to miss it! For people to enjoy full a day of activities while saving money and having fun on a day. No experience necessary: full instruction and all equipment is provided This is an all-inclusive tour with hotel pickup and drop-off ( premium ground trip service including water , iced tea, juices , snacks and local beers on the way ).

Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

5. Monteverde: Curi-Cancha Reserve Tour with Entry Ticket

Go on a tour of the Curi-Cancha reserve in Monteverde. Get picked up from your hotel, and drive to the 83-hectare reserve. Start your tour with a local guide and see a variety of rare birds and unusual animals. Marvel at the views and take lots of photos. Get dropped back at your hotel at the end. Begin your hike and listen to your guide tell you all about the wildlife in the area. Keep your eyes peeled for rare birds, including the Resplendent Quetzal, the Three-Wattled Bellbird, the Blue-Crowned Motmot, and the Orange-bellied Trogon. Continue along 7 kilometers of natural trails and get to see the flora and fauna of the tropical forest. See if you can spot unusual wild animals, such as armadillos, coatis, and two-toed sloths and use the opportunity to take photos. Learn about the sustainable practices of the reserve. Marvel at impressive views of the mountains surrounding you. Get taken back to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Monteverde and Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Bird-Watching Tour

6. Monteverde and Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Bird-Watching Tour

Delve into the cloud forests of Monteverde and Santa Elena on a guided bird-watching tour from Monteverde or Santa Elena. Explore the Curi-Cancha Reserve and see rare birds, including the resplendent quetzal and the keel-billed toucan. Be picked up from your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena and arrive at the Monteverde Cloud Forest. With an elevation of 1,440 meters (4,724 feet) above sea level, the park attracts a diverse range of tropical bird species. Follow your guide through this lush forest and observe a variety of birds with 400 native species. See the beautiful quetzal, a bird that migrates to the lower parts of the reserve during breeding season, and identify the thirty species of hummingbird. Continue to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Biological Reserve. Situated slightly higher than the Monteverde reserve, the forest is more secluded and boasts a rich population of wildlife. Explore quiet trails with sprawling vegetation and catch a glimpse of the collared trogon or resplendent quetzal. Finally, make your way to the Curi-Cancha Reserve - one of the best places in the area for bird watching. Walk along the rugged trails and scout out birds, such as the bar-tailed trogon, the keel-billed toucan, and the bobo bird.  At the end of your bird-watching experience, be returned back to your accommodation in Monteverde and Santa Elena.

From Monteverde or Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Canyoning

7. From Monteverde or Santa Elena: Cloud Forest Canyoning

Embark on a canyoning tour through the Monteverde Cloud Forest with round-trip transfers from your hotel in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Enjoy support from your guides as you rappel down six waterfalls and look out for a variety of local wildlife. Begin with a convenient pickup from your hotel and meet your guides. Put on your safety equipment before following your guides into the beathtaking Monteverde Cloud Forest. Identify rare birds with the help of your guides and if you're lucky, you might see a monkey. On your way to the waterfall, admire delicate orchids and massive ferns growing among the tangled foliage. After a brief walk, your guides will give you a safety briefing on how to use the equipment before you start. Once you feel comfortable, make your way to the edge of the first waterfall located in the beautiful canyon of the Cañas River's source. Rappel down six waterfalls in total, the tallest of which is 40 meters high. Enjoy support from your guides throughout the activity as you gain confidence with each descent. After your activity, be transferred back to your accommodation.

Guanacaste: Diamante Eco Adventure Park ATV Tour

8. Guanacaste: Diamante Eco Adventure Park ATV Tour

Discover Playa Matapalo on a guided ATV tour through the Diamante Eco Adventure Park in Guanacaste. Ride along private trails through the jungle and lowland forest, and climb hills on your offroad vehicle to admire views of the Pacific Ocean. Meet your guide at the Diamante Eco Adventure Park and get ready for your ATV adventure with a short safety briefing. Choose to ride on your own or with a partner, hop onto your all-terrain vehicle, and set out to explore the natural surroundings of the park. Wind your way through the jungle on dirt roads with your professional guide leading the way. Comfortably explore nature as you slowly climb up hills, revealing panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. At the end of your scenic ATV ride, return to the starting point. Here you'll have the opportunity to purchase some refreshments or choose to explore another one of the park's attractions (cost not included).

Rincon Vieja Volcano Zipline and Hot Springs Day Tour

9. Rincon Vieja Volcano Zipline and Hot Springs Day Tour

Feel an adrenaline rush as you navigate you way along 9 zip lines, woven above the rainforest canopy and grand waterfalls of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. Your full-day adventure starts with a dramatic swoop across the jungle to end at the aptly-named Tarzan Swing. This, after a sheer wall climb, vertical descent, and hanging bridge! Once you’ve got your land legs back, explore the breathtaking blue volcanic river valley, swim in hot springs, and wallow in the mud baths. See exotic plants as you stroll, and look out for wildlife in their natural habitat. Then continue to the Blue River Resort to pamper yourself in the 4 hot springs pools, botanical gardens and butterfly farm. Wander the gardens to see more than 700 exotic varietals, and soak in the fresh water pool, with a thrilling bullet waterslide if you want another adrenaline boost!

Arenal Forest: Bird Observation & Photography Tour

10. Arenal Forest: Bird Observation & Photography Tour

If you are a lover of birdsong and enjoy the beautiful colors of these feathered creatures, this tour and outing amongst nature is for you. Enjoy a gentle walk through the forest with the purposes of observing and photographing these incredible animals. The areas around the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal are fantastic for bird watchers. An expert bilingual naturalist and birdwatcher guide will help you find a wide variety of species such as toucans, parrots, orioles, colorful tanagers, parakeets and many more. Birds are most active early in the morning and in the late afternoon as the day cools into evening. For more experienced birdwatchers, you can focus on seeing Royal Flycatchers, White-Fronted Nun birds, Cinnamon Woodpeckers and other less commonly seen species.

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What people are saying about Guanacaste

We loved our tour with red lava tours. Mauricio was the perfect guide. We felt a bit indecisive with what to do, because of all the great things to see in La Fortuna, but this tour had it all! With humour and big knowledge about the nature, we learned a lot from him and had the best day! Thank you for that:) We truly recommend this tour. Love from Denmark from Rebecca and Sofie

I had the most amazing day on this tour! Our guide Eric was incredible and went above and beyond to point out interesting plants/animals and highlight historical/scientific facts along the way. It’s a long day but 100% worth it - the waterfall, views of volcano, and hot springs were all immaculate. Highly recommend for solo travelers!

Amazing experience and our tour guide was so knowledgeable. He explained everything and make sure we were following along the whole time.

Awesome trip Mauricio tour guide was amazing I highly recommend this tour and Mauricio!

Great tour, well packed! Our guide Aizek is excelent tour guide!